A comprehensive tier list of best Pokémon and moves to use your Elite TM’s on. Includes both Elite Fast TM and Elite Charge TM.
In past experiences, trainers that achieved rank 7 or higher in the GO Battle League were granted the reward of an Elite TM at the end of the season as a prize for their efforts. These special TM’s grant the user the ability to be able to choose their desired Fast or Charged move instead of having to re-roll and hope that it lands on the right move.
This can be a nightmare when you are simply trying to teach your Pokémon a certain move as a lot of the time it can keep bouncing between undesired moves which can be frustrating.
Not only do trainers have the ability to choose a move, but the Elite TM also grants the user the ability to allow Pokémon to learn moves from previous Raid Days / Community Days (Legacy Moves) which is not possible for standard TM’s.
The burning question on many trainers minds is of course what the highest priority Pokémon would be to use this versatile item on. I’ll be breaking down my picks for the top Pokémon to choose from in the form of a tier list.
Mewtwo (Shadow Ball + Psystrike)
Coming in at our top pick is Mewtwo. This Pokemon has had 3 exclusives moves in the past which are no longer accessible to obtain. These moves are Shadow Ball Ghost, Psystrike Psychic and Hyper Beam Normal. Excluding Hyper Beam, these moves have made this already strong Pokémon into one of the strongest attacking monsters in the game.
The main issue was that Mewtwo could only know one of these powerhouse moves at a time. Shadow Ball was an original legacy move and Psystrike was an event move.
Now for the overpowered part. With an Elite TM, you are able to have a Mewtwo that can now have access to both these Charge Moves. Not only will this be good in the GO Battle League, but also for other parts of the game such as Raiding and taking out Gyms with ease.
Dewgong (Ice Shard + Icy Wind)
Ice Shard Ice and Icy Wind Ice are both legacy moves on Dewgong that, when combined can turn a game upside down in the Great League. It has great bulk with a stat-lowering move that is both spammable and powerful. Icy Wind draws opponents into extended fights with its stat debuff and Ice Shard is a low energy cost Charge Move that can dish out substantial damage.
In order for Dewgong to show its true potential, it does require both of these Charge Moves. Having a Dewgong that already has one of these 2 moves will be the best way to acquire it unless you spend the hefty investment of 2 Elite TM’s on this Pokémon which you would have to wait until the end of Season 2.
Zapdos (Thunder Shock)
Thunder Shock Electric Zapdos was obtainable a long while back as a research breakthrough encounter. Thunder Shock is a quick energy-generating Fast Move that has a similar EPS (Energy Per Second) to moves such as Mud Shot and Psycho Cut.
Paired with Drill Peck Electric, Zapdos and its Shadow variant have dominating potential in the Great League against current meta Pokémon such as Azumaril, Registeel, Swampert, Skarmory, Toxicroak and Tropius.and Thunderbolt
Mew is a unique Pokémon on this list due to the fact that it does not have any legacy moves or any previously unobtainable moves. The main reason why an Elite TM would be a good idea to use on Mew is that Mew can learn a whopping 25 Charge Moves which make it the most versatile Pokémon in the game.
This is great for trainers that are low on TM’s and want to obtain their ideal moveset without the hassle of going through their whole inventories worth.
The beauty about Mew is that you can set it up to work with any team composition. Some popular moveset combinations that have shown success with high-level trainers have been to run Mew with…
- Shadow Claw + Flame Charge & Wild Charge to deal with Steel types and provides an attack increase with every Flame Charge used. It also provides coverage for Water Pokémon such as Azumaril.
- Shadow Claw + Flame Charge & Surf to unexpectedly nuke your opponent and to deal with tanky Steel and Rock type Pokémon.
- Shadow Claw + Psyshock & Overheat to nuke Steel types and to cause havoc early on into a fight before the stat debuff of Overheat.
- Shadow Claw + Surf & Rock Slide to have the most spammy moves Mew has to offer and also to deal with Fire types.
- Shadow Claw + Wild Charge & Ice Beam to have type coverage and to catch common meta Pokémon off guard.
Blaziken (Stone Edge)
Legend tells of a flame chicken we all know and love once being able to learn Stone Edge Rock. The rarest legacy move in all the land. This move was only accessible for a short amount of time for Blaziken and surprisingly has its use in PvP. It offers versatility in Great League and even Ultra League (Premier). Surprisingly Brave Bird gives Blaziken a chance against Altaria and a strong neutral damage option against its Water type counters.
Stone Edge Blaziken has better potential in Silph Arena tournaments rather than a freestyle format. It does have the surprise factor that will throw a lot of people off guard while in a situation to shield or not.
Moltres (Sky Attack)
Moltres is most comparable to Charizard just without the bait/spam potential. One of the main reasons you would use Moltres over Charizard in PvP is to deal with Fighting types more effectively, however, overall Charizard would be the better pick. Sky Attack is cheaper then Blast Burn and can have its benefits which can be effective in the Great League meta.
Gengar (Shadow Punch)
Gengar is an exceptionally strong Pokémon that has access to Shadow Punch, a fast-charging strong move that has amazing bait potential. Gengar gained access to this move for Gastly community day back in July 2020. Gengar has the potential to sweep with shields with its extremely high attack stat paired with its moves.
Gengar has positive matchups against several top tier Great League picks such as Azumaril, Skarmory, Alolan Marowak, Toxicroak and Defence Deoxys.
Community Day / Shadow Pokémon Elite TM Tier List
If you’ve ever been in a situation where you have caught yourself an ideal Pokémon from past community days and always wished it had those extremely strong event moves, then your time has finally come.
This can be a great option for trainers that are into PvP and have a perfect IV Pokémon for battles but just not the correct exclusive move. Without breaking these Pokémon up into different lists, I have rated them all in the following graph from the first Community Day to the most recent.
A note on Shadow Pokémon
Shadow Pokémon Disclaimer: Elite TM’s can NOT remove Frustration from Shadow Pokémon, so to obtain these moves you would either need to unlock a 2nd Charged Move or have previously removed Frustration during the available window.
As we know now, Shadow Pokémon have a 20% higher Attack than its normal form but have a 20% lowered defence making them more glassy but dealing increasingly more damage overall. Shadow Pokémon, due to this fact can be risky but with enough practice, they can be deadly in the right hands.
Something to keep in mind is that Charizard has another legacy move which can be super beneficial in PvP. This move is Wing Attack which, as of now is an extremely rare Charge Move to have on Charizard.
In certain situations, Wing Attack can override Fire Spin as a Fast Move. Against Pokémon that are resistant to Fire type moves, Wing Attack will be able to deal with solid neutral damage and has a better chance to deal with its bullies such as Whiscash and Altaria.
Moves that can be obtained via Elite TMs
Credits for formatting the data mined list go to this kind redditor.
The choice is yours when you receive your Elite TM, of course, there will be a lot to factor in and the decision might not be easy for some trainers. Hopefully, this article will guide you into deciding what Pokémon you want to invest this item into.
If you’re after overall performance then I would highly recommend Mewtwo for its versatility, however, if you’re more into the PvP side of things then observing what team you use and what could be improved should help out in your decision.
Best of luck trainers, and remember to stay safe!